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they're both potentially vulnerable. also, shocking video shows workers for a u.s. security contractor in afghanistan allegedly partying up, seemingly so drunk and drugged they could hardly speak. >>> plus, a reason to take the window seat. we have the amazing story of how airline passengers spotted and help save a man who had been stranded at sea for nine days. we want to welcome our viewers in the united states and around the world. i'm wolf blitzer and you're in "the situation room." >>> monday's third and final presidential debate will be a serious challenge for both candidates. it's focused on international policy and arena where both mitt romney lacks experience and the obama administration is under growing criticism, especially when it comes to the situation in the middle east. let's start with cnn's white house correspondent dan loathian. i assume officials in the white house campaign they know the president has questions he's going to answer. >> reporter: that's correct, wolf. and there doesn't appear to be much of a difference between the two candidates when it comes to forei
at the debates. >> i assume not just libya, syria, iran, what's going on with u.s. relations with russia, china, and of course the whole war on terror. lots of questions on that t so is he going through all these issues, issues he's dealt with in the fast four years. >> reporter: he is going through all those issues and as you know the campaign has been second retive about specifics when it comes to preparation going into the debates but clearly they understand that mitt romney will come out swinging on all of those issues that you have just listed. both not only the romney campaign and the republicans in general have been critical of this president not only on his domestic issues but hau he has been hand lilg all these issues overseas and the president preparing to counter that at the final debate. >>> thanks very much. let's dig deeper and discuss the state of the race and look ahead to monday's final presidential debate. we're joined by gloria borger and ryan liza. he's the new yorker mag zeen's washington correspondent. gloria, how important is this final debate to both of these candidates?
analyst gloria borger, she's joining us. it's clear that that debate has really, really helped mitt romney. >> yeah, i don't think the romney campaign could have wanted to do any more with this debate than they did. if you look across the board at these numbers, wolf, romney has made gains in almost every area including somebody who's better able to improve the jobs situation. he leads -- romney leads obama by eight points on that. so whether it's on the economy, whether it's on leadership, he's now tied with the president. as far as leadership ability is concerned. so i think romney got everything out of that debate and more. >> he certainly did. and if you take a look at -- let me put the numbers back on the screen one more time. earlier this month before the debate, romney was behind the president, the president, 51%, romney, 43%. eight-point difference. now 49% for romney, 45% for obama, a four-point spread. that's a 12-point spread in only, what, three weeks, shall we say? and clearly the major development was his strong performs at that debate. >> you know, wolf, it just shows you th
so much for being with us. this is just the beginning of a horrendous storm. i'm brooke baldwin. "the situation room" with wolf blitzer starts right now. >>> happening now, hurricane sandy takes aim at some of america's biggest cities and it's about to come ashore. conditions are getting worse by the hour. at least 23 states are now under warnings or advisories because of the storm's winds. damage could hit $10 billion or even a lot more. some states could see their worst flooding in a century. and in the appalachian mountains, they're expecting blizzard conditions. i'm wolf blitzer. you're in "the situation room." >>> hurricane sandy is a monster storm, even though its center is still out to sea. tropical storm and hurricane force winds extend, get this now, for 1,000 miles. right now, damaging winds are blowing from southern new england across long island, new jersey, delaware and virginia. we have the full resources of cnn deployed on the story including crews up and down the atlantic coast as well as in cities that aren't used to this kind of a disaster. here's what the storm look
. tell us about it. >> you know, they really are. about 80 homes, the fire official telling us it could be as many as 110. this is a pile of twisted plastic. the irony? these are sandbags. people expected this area to flood. what they didn't expect was the fire. when one house caught fire, the homes are so close together that the wind just swept that which is about 30 houses that way. the tires completely melted off. just the snapshot of the devastation. we spoke to one firefighter and he told us just as the surge hit he thought he better put on his life jacket and float to higher ground. then went back to rescue even more. a total of 14 people that were here when that fire began. and he was able to help them get out. story after story. people staying too long. but those who simply got out also hit -- when you look. there is just nothing that is salvageable. we have seen washer driers that are completely melted. refrigerators that have disappeared. every now and again. you are looking at remnants of what were homes. you may be able to see the foundation. but the home itself completely g
before. senator john mccain. he's standing by to join us live this hour. >>> and the state that could make or break either campaign. we have brand-new poll numbers from ohio. i'm wolf blitzer. you're in "the situation room." >>> 15 days until the election and a critical night in the battle for the white house. this is the third and final presidential debate pitting mitt romney against president obama. we've just received these pictures of romney walking through the debate site in boca raton, florida. tonight's focus, foreign policy. and for both men, the stakes could hardly be higher. the tight race has gotten even tighter and tonight's contest could give either candidate the chance to pull ahead in these final critical days of this campaign. cnn's national political correspondent jim acosta is in boca rattan getting ready for the debate. what's the latest there? >> reporter: wolf, here in the debate spin room, democratic and republican operatives are predicting another feisty debate between president obama and mitt romney. a top romney campaign strategist tells cnn they are expecting
. >>> all that coming up, let's get to the breaking news. u.s. government agents say they have foiled an apparent terrorist plot in new york city. it's a bomb plot. and the suspect is in custody, will later be in court today. let's go straight to cnn's national correspondent susan candiotti, she's joining us from new york. what do we know, susan? >> hi, wolf. we know that this alleged plot had been underway for quite some time. an undercover sting operation being conducted by the fbi and the nypd to foil a planned plot to blow up the federal reserve bank here in lower manhattan. it's very close to wall street. and apparently it all went down, culminated in the alleged plot that went down today and that's when this man was arrested. he is only 21 years old. and apparently he was planning to take and detonate a 1,000-pound bomb, what he thought was a bomb, but it was inert, no member of the public was in danger because the feds were all over this, they say, as they were putting this operation together they say at the request of this suspect. they say it was all his idea. only 21 years o
%. >> 8% unemployment for over, how many, 43 months? we still have unemployment above 8%. he told us he'd get us back to work. unemployment above 8% month after month after month. >> reporter: it's a political bar romney has repeatedly accused the president to clear for months. repeated in his closing statement at the first presidential debate. >> we've had 43 straight months with unemployment above 8%. if i'm president, i will help create 12 million new jobs in this country with rising incomes. >> reporter: but romney notes the president has fallen short of estimates set by the administrati administration's own economic advisors once predicted the stimulus would lower the jobless rate to below 6%. >> what's happened is this has been the slowest recovery since the great depression. as a matter of fact, he said right now we would be at 5.4% unemployment. >> president obama says he's creating jobs, but he's really creating debt. >> reporter: and romney has a new ad out arguing the president's job creation efforts have only added to the deficit. >> a couple nights ago we had a debate. you
and ann romney visited the ladies of "the view" this morning. jim acosta is joining us from new york with more. jim. >> reporter: wolf, while mitt romney was preparing for his third and final face-off with president obama, arguably his best political weapon was taking to the air waves trying to get her husband's campaign out of a bind with women. supporters have long called mitt romney mr. fix-it. but on this day it was ann romney on "the view" playing the role of mrs. fix-it. >> i would say 95% of what i hear from women is help. please help. >> economic help you're talking about. >> absolutely. >> reporter: repairing some of the damage from her husband's awkward response on a question for pay equity for women at this week's debate. >> i went to a number of womens groups and said can you help us find folks and they brought us whole binders full of women. >> reporter: the obama campaign instantly saw an opening to press romney on women's issues. namely abortion rights. when mrs. romney was asked about her husband's evolving position on the issue -- >> mitt has always been a pro-life p
begins right now. >>> thanks very much. an interview with president obama that none of us were meant to see. it goes public. it includes some revealing remarks about his opponents and his plans for a second term. also, mitt romney's sidetracked by some controversial remarks about rape and abortion by a senate candidate he endorsed. and newly revealed e-mail, they're raising new questions right now in the hours following the deadly attack on the u.s. consulate in benghazi, libya. i'm wolf blitzer. you're in "the situation room." >>> just 13 days until the presidential election and the obama and romney campaigns, they are kicking into overdrive as the candidates make their final push to win the white house. cnn correspondents are following their every move. they're reporting from coast to coast and from all the most crucial states, any one of which has the potential to decide who the next president of the united states will be. let's begin this hour's coverage in iowa where president obama kicked off a two-day coast-to-coast swing through eight states. he's calling it a campaign marath
yet, but he is using the numbers to support the case he's been making on the trail that his policies have been good for the economy. and in the words of his campaign slogan, are helping move the nation forward. >> after losing about 800,000 jobs a month when i took office, our businesses have now added 5.2 million new jobs over the past two and a half years. this morning we found out that the unemployment rate has >> campaigning in virginia coal country, mitt romney tried to dig through the latest jobs numbers to make the case president obama has not hit pay dirt just yet. >> there are fewer new jobs created this month than last month. and the unemployment rate as you noted this year has come down very, very slowly, but it's come down nonetheless. the reason it's come down this year is primarily due to the fact that more and more people have just stopped looking for work. >> reporter: still, one of reen's key metrics on the president's handling of the economy went up in smoke when the nation's unemployment rate dipped below 8%. >> 8% unemployment for over, how many, 43 months? we sti
, president obama uses some surprisingly coarse language to describe mitt romney. also, romney takes a paying job out of the president's double play book. and a possible real life horror story for the northeastern united states. the pieces are now falling in place for a monster weather event dubbed frankenstorm. i'm wolf blitzer. you're in "the situation room." >>> just a dozen days left in the race for the white house. the candidates, their campaigns are now pulling out all the stops. and so are we. our cnn correspondents are reporting from all of the most critical states in this very, very tight race as president obama and governor romney throw virtually everything in their campaign arsenals at the battleground states. let's start with the obama campaign right now. the president drew a huge crowd in richmond, virginia, today. his most recent stop on a whirlwind two-day eight-state swing that culminates next hour. cnn's chief white house correspondent jessica yellin has the latest. >> reporter: wolf, president obama is moving through his schedule at a healthy clip. he's even running early al
friend ♪ we used to be real close >> i won't sing for you because i want you to stay with us. but this is billy joel, his album "52nd street" became the first commercial cd released in japan. since then, hundreds of billions of cds have been sold even though digital music downloads are growing in popularity. i like my vinyl, too, as well. thanks for watching. i'm brooke baldwin. now to wolf blitzer and "the situation room." >>> happening now, just two days before the first obama/romney debate and our new cnn national poll shows the president's lost, lost his post-convention bounce. but there's a different story in the battleground states. >>> mitt romney could make a huge impact on the supreme court. how he could change the direction of the court for decades. >>> they make $10 a day to put their lives on the line. but they could lose their job ifs they don't lose some weight. i'm wolf blitzer. you're in "the situation room." >>> we're now just 36 days from the presidential election and nationally our brand-new cnn/orc poll of likely voters shows the race between president oba
to the vice president's response on whether there was adequate security before the attack on the u.s. consulate in libya. >> and they wanted more security there. >> well, we weren't told they wanted more security. we did not know they wanted more security. >> we just had a major hearing on this. that was one of the heart -- the heart of the point was these requests went unheated. and obviously the vice president's not paying any attention. >> reporter: declaring victory for his running mate, romney seized on what his campaign has dubbed biden's benghazi bungle. >> because the vice president directly contradicted the sworn testimony of state department officials. he's doubling down on denial. and we need to understand exactly what happened. >> reporter: back in the spin room obama campaign manager said biden proved it was ryan who was unprepared. >> he got past paul ryan's index card talking points and got into the details. that's exactly what the american voters wanted. >> reporter: both campaigns concede what happened here in kentucky may not have a lasting effect on the polls but m
of the debate. john, take us into these numbers. what are you seeing? >> reporter: well, wolf, i can tell you this, talking to senior officials in the romney campaign, they believe after a tough week or ten days, the last several days, they have a little bit of a breeze at their back. they say the race has stabilized. you dig into the numbers. what is the most important issue in this first debate? the economy. look at this poll. which candidate would better handle the economy? the president, 49%, governor romney, 48%. a dead heat. the president has to defend his record. governor romney not only needs to attack his record but to convince voters he has a better place to take them if he wins the election. and you know this full well, the reason this debate and what both candidates say in the economy is so important is the friday morning after the wednesday night debate, we'll get the latest unemployment report. if governor romney could turn in a strong debate performance and another tepid jobs report, there's a chance for this race to change after debate number one. >> if you're the obama campai
a quote unquote relatively small u.s. military team escorted fbi investigators to the site. the pentagon says both teams left benghazi a short time ago. the fbi team had been stalled for three weeks because of security concerns there at the particular site in benghazi. thank you so much for being with me today. i'm brooke baldwin. let's send you to washington. "the situation room" with wolf blitzer begins now. >>> brooke, thanks very much. happening now, president obama back on the campaign trail after a lackluster debate performance. he's about to speak in madison, wisconsin. we're going to hear from him live this hour as he tries to recover. also, we'll hear live from mitt romney. he's now campaigning with new energy and momentum after his showing in the debate last night. plus, big bird thrust into campaign politics and on the defensive. i'm wolf blitzer. you're in "the situation room." >>> only 33 days to election and an entirely new dynamic in the battle between president obama and mitt romney. the republican nominee is widely seen as the winner of last night's debate
a little bit more as the hours continue. an ireporter sent us this amazing picture. brooklyn had power last night, lower manhattan did not. nationwide about 6 million people in 15 states and the district of columbia still do not have electricity. also, a quarter of cell phone towers in the storm's path aren't working right now. we have cnn crews up and down the disaster area to bring you all the latest on how people are -- with what's going on. there are major problems involving power that are forcing hundreds of patients right now out of another hospital. this time it's bellevue hospital where some 700 patients -- 700 patients need to get out. they need to get out quickly. this is a process essentially though that could take days. our chief medical correspondent dr. sanjay gupta is there on the scene for us in new york with the latest. first of all, sanjay, explain how this could happen. >> reporter: well, you know, i think the best way to sort of describe it is that over the last couple of days they've been without a primary power source here at bellevue hospital counting on generators to
the two men have actually met in person. jim is joining us live from littleton, colorado. what's the latest on this particular score, jim? >> reporter: well, wolf, i can tell you right now that ann romney is about to take the stage behind me. she's going to be holding an event here in littleton, colorado, in a few moments from now. she's been one of this campaign's most effective surrogates and been very busy doing just that while her husband, mitt romney, has been doing debate preparations just a short distance away in denver. it will be fascinating, wolf, to watch the body language between mitt romney and president obama tomorrow night when they meet face-to-face as the obama campaign revealed to cnn, the two men have only met a few times in the past. flash back to 2008 and there they are. then-senator barack obama and mitt romney sharing a few moments on stage after back-to-back democratic and republican presidential debates in new hampshire. they also ran into each other at a labor day parade in 2007. a campaign source cataloging the meetings tells cnn these are just two of
supporters of each candidate. the former new york city mayor rudy giuliani, he'll join us live this hour. also we'll be hearing from both candidates' wives in special cnn interviews. today, by the way, is the obama's 20th wedding anniversary. so what's it like spending the night with the romneys? i'm wolf blitzer, you're in "the situation room." >>> 34 days from the presidential election but much more importantly right now at least right now we've reached what may be the most decisive night of the 2012 campaign, the first presidential debate at the university of denver. after weeks of downplaying expectations, mitt romney's campaign insiders are finally opening up about what they really think can be accomplished tonight. cnn's national political correspondent jim acosta is in denver getting ready to set the scene. jim. >> reporter: wolf, the romney campaign sees the polls moving in their directions. one of the top priorities tonight is to maintain that trajectory. the romney campaign also says the gop nominee will not be looking to score a knockout tonight but will instead zero in on the
correspondent john king is joining us from the state capital of columbus right now. john, you're taking a closer look at the new numbers in this ohio poll. what are you seeing? >> reporter: wolf, if you had any doubt the first debate gave governor romney a significant meaningful bounce, this erases them. we've seen it in the national polls. now we see it in our brand new poll here in ohio. you just mentioned the numbers. that's a statistical tie and a big comeback for governor romney for where he was pre-debate. look at with four weeks to go certain to be a hard-fought battleground. independents, the president up four points. that's within a margin of error. the suburbs, the cincinnati and cleveland suburbs, when it's close, statistical tie. governor romney up two points there. again, a dead heat in the poll numbers in the battleground of the suburbs. and among key older voters, 50 and older, those most reliable to vote, the president up one point. a statistical tie. you look at this, it's dramatic turnaround from governor romney two weeks ago a lot of republicans saying is there any way we can
. most patients got sick after given contaminated steroid injections. the next are used in hardened eye surgery. so far now 233 people have become sick with the rare fungal disease. 15 have died. now the fda says anyone taking drugs made at the same compounding facility in massachusetts could be at risk. that's it for me. thanks for being with me. now to wolf blitzer in washington. wolf, to you. >>> i am not going to exploit for political purposes my opponent's youth and inexperience. [ laughter ] >> is this the time to unleash our one-liners? >> that answer was about as clear as boston harbor. >> we are in the grip of a failed economic theory. and this decision better be about what kind of economic theory you want. >> i got to answer this. tony blair were going alone, it denigrates an alliance to say we're going alone. you cannot leave. >> i don't understand how we ended up invading a country that had nothing to do with 9/11. >> announcer: this is cnn. >>> happening now, last-minute preparations for debate night in america. will president barack obama show some fire and passion? and is
for the middle class. and they say they value the middle class. and they value middle class values. my dad used to have an expression. my dad's name was joe as well. someone would come up to him and say, joe, let me tell you what i value. and my dad would look at them and say, charlie, don't tell me what you value. show me your budget and i will tell you what you value. show me your budget, i will tell you what you value. >> so the vice president of the united states joe biden at that rally in ft. pierce, florida. they're going to be spending a lot of time in florida. he's going after mitt romney big-time right now. we'll monitor what he's saying. stand by for more. >>> so what's going on with this? new billboards are going up with a stern warning out there about something the government says isn't really much of a problem. and we also have the latest on who may have been the target of a deadly car bombing today. you've been busy for a dead man. after you jumped ship in bangkok, i thought i'd lost you. >>> surfing is my life now. but who's going to .... >>> tell the world that priceline has eve
political correspondent jim acosta is joining us from boston right now where romney is preparing. what's the latest on romney's preparation? what do we know, jim? >> wolf, dethe bait prep has seemed like seclusion over the last 24 hours. president obama and mitt romney have rarely ventured out into public. it is a reminder of how high the stakes will be tomorrow night. >> i brought some food. >> after joking his debate prep was a drag last time around, president obama assured supporters in a campaign office in virginia he's hitting the books. mitt romney was only seen briefly during his preparations heading in and out of church on sunday. in romney's sparring sessions, rob portman is once again playing the president. while adviser peter flaherty has the role of moderator, cnn's candy crowley. as portman indicated sunday, the campaign is getting ready to rumble. >> i think he's going to come out swinging. he'll have to compensate for a poor first debate and that'll be consistent with the whole campaign. >> reporter: over at obama debate prep, the president's long-time adviser anita dunn
's a statistical tie in other words. our chief national correspondent john king is joining us. john, break down the numbers for us. no state right now is more important than ohio. >> you can make that case. no state is more important than ohio. you mention it's within the margin of error but yet another poll showing the president with a small lead in ohio. he's had that pretty much across the general election season. what's driving it right now? in a battleground state like ohio, the president is getting democrats, romney is getting the republicans. the candidate to win election day is likely to win the state and at the moment the president has a five-point edge among independents likely voters. president at 49% governor romney at 44%. that's one of the key reasons the president has the small but still a stubborn lead in the state of ohio. now let's look at this age divide if you will. generational divide. among younger voters the president has a big lead. republicans are leading among those 50 and older. but governor romney needs that number to be bigger. he needs a bigger
bickering breaking out as congress discloses new details about the attack on the u.s. diplomatic compounds in benghazi. i'm wolf blitzer. you're in "the situation room." >>> with just 27 days to go until the presidential election, we begin with mitt romney's bumpy day out there on the campaign trail. first, his campaign had to clarify something romney said earlier about abortion later. they said romney will stop telling a new story apparently designed to show his softer side. cnn's national political correspondent jim acosta is in ohio right now on the road with the romney campaign. >> reporter: wolf, mitt romney's been trying to open up to voters in recent days telling stories of friends who have died, even service members who have died in combat. but the mother of one falling navy s.e.a.l.s. says she's offended as democrats accuse romney of trying to hide his true beliefs. it's been a staple of the stump speeches, the gop nominee talking about the deaths of friends, even soldier who is have inspired him. >> i've met some wonderful people. one was a former navy s.e.a.l.s. glen dougherty.
it like no other network. first, a cnn exclusive. paul ryan tells us about his preparations to go head-to-head with vice president joe biden. standby. also behind the scenes photos and new details from vice president biden's practice sessions. and new polls from the swing states are coming in. they show why tonight's debate is more crucial than ever for both men at the top of the ticket. i'm wolf blitzer. you're in "the situation room." >>> we're down to only 26 days until the presidential election. and right now joe biden and paul ryan are getting ready for debate night in america. there's intense pressure as the polls show the two tickets are closer than ever. cnn has full coverage of both candidates. we begin with congressman paul ryan in an interview you will see only, only here on cnn. cnn senior congressional correspondent dana bash, she sat down with congressman ryan. she's joining us now live from the debate site in danville, kentucky. dana, how's he preparing for tonight? >> reporter: well, you know, wolf, he is doing what is now traditional for candidates who are running for
to make him secretary of explaining things. although, they didn't use the word things. >>> mitt romney is trying to keep voters focused on the economy telling them he could do better than president obama. jim acosta is traveling with the romney campaign. >> we've been traveling by bus over the last few days, ohio and iowa, one thing we've heard, he's been debuting this new theme, he is the agent, he is the candidate of big change and the president is just more of what he calls the status quo. one thing we can also report is the romney campaign is right now sort of riding a wave of momentum, some recent polls, not just nationally but across several swing states have shown romney gaining some traction and getting very close to overtaking the president in several key swing states and both nationally. now, the romney campaign did put out a memo earlier in the week throwing cold water on one ohio state poll they took issue with saying it wasn't properly calibrated but they are also at the same time touting a new "washington post" poll showing mitt romney leading the president nationally and
his weak performance in his first debate. >>> computer technology helps us get a sense of what the candidates might have been thinking and feeling on the stage. >>> and big bird gets a shout out in the presidential race. will he be an endangered species after the election? >>> i'm wolf blitzer. you're in the "situation room." >>> exactly one month before election day, there's a new dynamic in the race for the white house. after mitt romney outperformed the president in the first debate. and now knew jobs numbers are likely to provide more fuel for their next debate. the unemployment rate unexpectedly fell to 7.8 in september down from 8.1 the previous month and the lowest since january 2009. a separate survey of employers shows businesses added 114,000 jobs last month. and let's bring in jessica yellen. what's the obama white house saying about all of this? >> they're effectively saying that the economy, while it's still weak, is showing signs that the president's policies are working, that his agenda is finally getting traction in the economy. here's what the president had to
the election is about. who do you trust was particularly on medicare. are you going to trust us or are you going to trust these guys who by the way have never really liked medicare ever since its inception. i think that was talking right to the audience and asking that question was good. i think for ryan, though, sort of a best moment was just saying these guys, it's been too slow. we can do it, and they haven't. and then when he turned to biden and said, do you know what the unemployment rate in scranton is, and biden's hometown and he ghostia, well, it's over 10% now it was 8% something when you guys took office. >> and that way i felt the debate felt what we're heading for the photo finish. biden framed it as a choice, ryan framed it as a referendum. each of those arguments have a lot of appeal to the last sliver of undecided voters. >> >> i think biden has the most trouble with the questions about libya at the beginning. and fosh ryan, i think that -- i thought the most interesting moment, the highest risk moment was him really underscoring their opposition to abortion in a way i have
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